AUTOGRAPH LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION SIGNED by 3 JACKSONIANS: FORMER NEW YORK GOVERNOR NATHANIEL PITCHER, THE SENATOR FROM NEW YORK WILLIAM L. MARCY & CONGRESSMAN ERASTUS ROOT, recommending one of their constituents be appointed as a midshipman in the U.S. Navy.

By: Pitcher, Nathaniel; Root, Erastus; and Marcy, William L.

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- Over 100 words penned on 10 inch high by 8 inch wide creamy white paper, addressed to the Secretary of the Navy. This letter recommends that the Secretary appoint "Richard D. McDonald of Queensbury, Warren County, N.Y. .... a promising youth of good character..." to a position as midshipman. "It would be gratifying to the undersigned if the Secretary would confer upon him a Mid-shipman Warrant...." Signed by the Senator from New York "W.L. Marcy" and former New York Governor and Congressman "Nathl Pitcher". Additionally penned on the verso are 45 words written by a second Congressman from New York Erastus Root who, though he is "not personally acquainted with young Mr. McDonald....." is "well acquainted with his father" having "served with him in the legislature...." Signed in full "Erastus Root". The letter, addressed to Secretary of the Navy Levi Woodbury on an attached sheet, is further annotated on that page indicating that Richard McDonald was indeed "Appointed 17 Dec. 1831", the day after this letter was penned. Folded several times with early tape repairs along the bottom verso of the vertical center folds. There is a short ink mark to the bottom, a tiny tear along the top edge as well as minor creasing.

First elected to Congress as a Democratic-Republican in 1819 and 1821 and later as a Jacksonian in 1831, Nathaniel Pitcher (1777-1836) was New York's 8th Governor, taking office after DeWitt Clinton's death in 1828. Pitcher was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention in 1821. The town of Pitcher in Chenango County, New York is named after him.

Born in Connecticut, Erastus Root (1773-1846) practiced law in Delhi, New York and was elected to the New York State Assembly. He was elected to the U.S. Congress as a Democratic-Republican, where he served from 1809 to 1811 as Chairman of the Committee on Claims. He returned to the New York State Senate before returning to national office, defeating John Adams in 1815, serving in Congress as Chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the War Department. He was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention in 1821. Elected again to Congress as a Jacksonian in 1831, he then served as Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture. Root also served as Major-General of he New York State Militia.

Born in Southbridge, Massachusetts, the American statesman William Learned Marcy (1786-1857) moved to Troy, New York and practiced law in Albany. He served in the War of 1812 and returning to Troy, he sided with the Bucktails (as the anti-Clinton Democratic-Republican party was known). A leading member of the Albany Regency which controlled NY State politics from 1821 to 1838 he served as Adjutant General of New York, New York State Comptroller and associate justice of the New York Supreme Court before winning a seat to the U.S. Senate in 1831 as a Jacksonian Democrat. Sitting on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Marcy defended Jackson's nomination of Martin Van Buren as minister to the United Kingdom in 1832, using the phrase "to the victor belongs the spoils". He was elected as Governor of New York, serving from 1833 to 1838. He was appointed U.S. Secretary of War and subsequently U.S. Secretary of State by President Franklin Pierce, serving from 1853 through 1857. As Secretary of State, he resolved the dispute about the status of U.S. immigrants abroad and also negotiated the Gadsden Purchase, the last major acquisition of land on the continental U.S. and, in that position directed that U.S. diplomats should dress as ordinary citizens instead of the "court-dress" popular in Europe.

Title: AUTOGRAPH LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION SIGNED by 3 JACKSONIANS: FORMER NEW YORK GOVERNOR NATHANIEL PITCHER, THE SENATOR FROM NEW YORK WILLIAM L. MARCY & CONGRESSMAN ERASTUS ROOT, recommending one of their constituents be appointed as a midshipman in the U.S. Navy.

Author Name: Pitcher, Nathaniel; Root, Erastus; and Marcy, William L.

Categories: Americana,

Publisher: Washington, December 16, 1831.: 1831.

Book Condition: Very good

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 34480

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